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When it comes to securing your dream apartment your pet’s resume is just as important as your application. I know it sounds silly, but hey it’s 2017! Providing a pet resume along with your application demonstrates to a landlord that you take pet ownership seriously and will take full responsibility for your pet’s health, behavior, registrations and vaccinations.
Landlords face risks every time they let complete strangers into their income property. They hope it doesn’t end up ruined or seriously damaged. And let’s face it, some pets increase the likelihood of this worst-case scenario. But as you and I know, not all pets pose an equal threat to their property.
Pet resumes may help you overcome any prejudices or previous negative experiences that a landlord may have about pets.
Conveying a detailed summary of your pet’s best qualities: whether they’ve been vaccinated, registered or trained, improves your chance of application success. It can turn a pet-tolerant landlord into a pet-friendly one!
What to include in your Pet’s Resume:
- Name of pet
- Description of your pet breed, age, activity level, and temperament
- Photos of your pet
- Characteristics that make your pet suitable for city living
- Something special about your pet’s personality
- Examples of your pet’s good behavior
- Obedience training, include certificates if available
- Flea and external parasite prevention
- Intestinal parasite prevention
- Vaccination status
- How you look after your pet, and how urine/feces are cleaned up and disposed of
- Where your pets will be kept on the property
- References from your veterinarian and pet trainer
- References from previous landlords and/or neighbors
- Microchip and registration
- Pet insurance or health insurance
- Arrangements for taking care of your pets when you are at work or out of town
- If you have multiple animals describe how well they get along, and how they keep each other company when you’re not home
Here’s April 2017’s Monthly Indicators report from the Greater Boston Association of Realtors® showing Boston real estate market trends.
April 2017 Greater Boston Real Estate Market Trends
A continued shortage of homes for sale and rising prices throughout Greater Boston have softened overall sales of single-family homes and condominiums in April according to data released from the Greater Boston Association of REALTORS® (GBAR).
Sales of single-family detached homes saw a 9.4 percent drop in year-over-year sales in April, as 844 homes were sold compared to the 932 homes sold in April 2016, which is a 9.4 percent drop. This is the ninth highest sales total on record for Greater Boston and is slightly lower than the monthly historical average of 867 homes sold. In the condo market, there were 734 units sold in April 2017, which was an 11.5 percent decrease from the 829 units sold in April 2016. Last month’s condo sales were the tenth highest on record and fell short of the historical monthly average of 797 units sold.
The lack of inventory is continuing to hinder sales activity as there simply aren’t enough homes on the market to satisfy buyer demand. The competition for limited supply of listings is creating multiple offer situations which is driving up prices beyond the reach of some buyers, especially those at the entry level.
- April condo sales DOWN -11.5%
- Median prices UP 9% ($523,500)
- Active Listings DOWN -27.3% to 1,655
- Listings added to the market DOWN -5.5% over last year (1,402 from 1,484 in 2016)
- April single-family home sales DOWN -9.4%
- Median prices UP 12.3% ($595,000)
- Active Listings DOWN -32.3% to 2,768
- Listings added to the market DOWN -8.3% over last year (1,970 from 2,149 in 2016)
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Most of you are familiar with the basic economic principle of supply and demand. When the demand for a particular item is greater than the supply of that item, the price will surely rise.
This principle couldn’t be more true in the current Boston real estate market. The demand to buy a home is strong and getting stronger while the supply of inventory is well below historic norms.
Buyers are facing a very competitive market in which they are competing with multiple buyers for their dream homes. That is if they are even able to find a home they wish to purchase. With such a shortage of new and active listings, homes that are on the market are being snatched up quickly at top dollar!
In this market, a seller may hold a major negotiating advantage when it comes to price and other aspects of the real estate transaction. Listing your house for sale now will allow you to capitalize on the shortage of homes for sale, which will translate into a better pricing situation.
Bottom Line: You as a potential seller, have a leg up! Consider listing your home.